COVID-19 tests

This is a picture of CDC’s laboratory test kit for SARS-CoV-2 (also known as COVID-19 or coronavirus). CDC tests are provided to U.S. state and local public health laboratories and Department of Defense laboratories that were either previously qualified for being able to perform a similar type of test used to detect influenza or have been recently approved by their state public health laboratory for SARS-CoV-2 testing.

OSKALOOSA — There were eight new cases of the COVID-19 disease in Mahaska County Monday, and seven in Marion County.

According to state data, Mahaska County now has more than 151 active cases of the virus in the county. Since Oct. 5, there have been 65 new cases of the virus confirmed in the county.

Marion County has seen similar growth in the last week, with 68 newly confirmed cases. Their active caseload, according to state data, is up to 78 as of 10 a.m. Monday.

The 14-day positivity rate in both counties is up slightly, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. The rate Monday morning was 10.5% in Mahaska County and 10.1% in Marion County.

Iowa has eclipsed 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, just 218 days since the first cases were announced in early March.

There were 432 new cases added between Sunday and Monday morning, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. Just 2,607 new individuals were tested in that 24-hour time span. The state reported four new deaths and 246 new recoveries.

To date, there have been 100,052 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 disease in Iowans. Of those, 1,464 have died and 76,500 have recovered. There have been 864,464 individuals tested.

Statewide, the number hospitalized increased to 449 as of 10 a.m. Monday, up from 438 the prior day. There were 109 patients in an intensive care unit. There had been 53 admissions in the last 24 hours.

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets. It is often mild and some individuals remain asymptomatic or have only cold or flu symptoms. But the disease can be more severe, require hospitalization and lead to death, particularly in older or immunocompromised people.

Experts, including those at the CDC, say wearing masks when in public, keeping at least 6 feet of distance between people when possible, and good hygiene can prevent the spread.

The Oskaloosa Herald relies on data reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health, using its coronavirus data dashboard at coronavirus.iowa.gov. Data is checked each day at 10 a.m. and then compared to the data previously captured from the dashboard to produce stories.

The state has changed how it reported the data several times, and local officials often produce data based on different standards or in different timeframes. Therefore, the data will not always align with other sources.

Kyle Ocker is the group editor of the Oskaloosa Herald and the Ottumwa Courier. He can be reached at kocker@oskyherald.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker.

Group Editor

Kyle Ocker is a Centerville native and award-winning multimedia journalist. Kyle is currently the first vice president of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and vice president of the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association.

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